To exude personal power and executive presence, insure that your spoken and unspoken messages are congruent. Nonverbal behavior is powerful, so be aware of the story your body tells! Here’s how:
First, breath deeply, in a relaxed manner. You’ll feel and look calm and in control.
- Practice your posture in the mirror. Stand erect, shoulders back, feet planted firmly so that you look solid, stable and grounded.
- Make eye contact as you speak, lingering for 3 to 5 seconds with each person as you make a point or speak a phrase. Then move to another.
- Speak at a volume that’s loud enough for the person furthest away to hear you clearly and easily.
- Pace your delivery so that each word is distinct and fully enunciated. No rushing. Deep breathing will help moderate pace.